Pennsy to Electrify the Main Line

November 14, 1908


The Westinghouse Company builds new train engines that can go up to a speed of 120 miles per hour, allowing the line from New York and New Jersey to Pennsylvania to take just one hour.


Philadelphia, Nov. 11 - Close on the heels of the electrification of the Pennsylvania railroad from Harrison, a Newark suburb, to Long Island City, comes the official announcement that the system from Manhattan and Jersey City to Philadelphia will also be electrified and that the running time between New York and Philadelphia, a distance of ninety miles, will be reduced to one hour, thus placing William Penn’s city practically on the outskirts of New York. The Westinghouse company is already at work on the new engines, which are capable of a speed of 120 miles an hour. It is also said that the next step in the general electrification scheme will be started on the division of the road between Philadelphia and Pittsburg. Both the Central Railroad of New Jersey and the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western system are considering making like changes.
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